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Wedding dreams can come true By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News
Fall Bridal 2010 Stories:
Debbie Glover Suzanne LeBreton Erik Sanzenbach Cover Design:
In this issue The perfect wedding - 3 ✧
Fall weddings - 4 ✧
Transportation - 5 ✧
Dresses/tuxedos - 6 ✧
Cakes - 11 ✧
Flowers - 12 ✧
Rings - 13 ✧
Something borrowed - 14
very bride has an idea of the perfect wedding, usually starting when she was a little girl. The perfect wedding is meeting Prince Charming at the altar or at the front of the room, surrounded by those you care for, friends and family, can fulfill a lifetime of dreams, even for those brides on a budget. Several venues are available to help make that wedding dream come true. The Castle, or Louisiana Castle, is available in Franklinton. Dolly and Steve Illg provide all the amenities anyone could want. Dolly said that although they offer “one stop shopping” for brides, including a ceremony, ball room, decorations, florals, catering, cake and groom’s cake and a DJ, outside catering is allowed as well. Prices are online at their Web site and depend upon the day of the week. A popular site for destination weddings, they have held weddings for couples from as far away as New York and California. They usually have the wedding and reception at the castle, then honeymoon in New Orleans. They are booking weddings as far away as 2012. Illg said that most brides come in with a date in mind, which can cause problems in booking. “We try to work with brides, but it is best to call us as soon as possible,” said Illg. For 25 years, Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans has provided brides and grooms with their perfect weddings. Bobby Asaro said that hey have been in the business a long time and are known for their food and drinks, so they do not allow outside caterers. In order to secure a date, a
bride should contact Asaro as soon as possible, usually a year in advance. They accommodate 100400 guests and can even provide fireworks if wanted. The antebellum look is quite popular and many brides like the horse and buggy motif as well. They provide everything- bar, sound system with DJ, decorations and even special lighting. One of the few things not provided is a cake. “Basically, a bride does not have to do a whole lot,” said Asaro. A popular venue in Covington is Annadele’s Plantation Restaurant. Julie Mealer, the events manager, said that their wedding packages include catering as well as a suite for the couple’s wedding night. Although they do not provide the cake, music or florist, they do have a vendor list that includes providers “whose work we like,” said Mealer. The site has provided brides with a venue for the past 20 years, seven years with the present owner. The site is available for wedding ceremonies as well as receptions. Mealer said that a bride should schedule the site as soon as she knows the date. It simply depends on the date. Mealer said that even though several dates may be available, it may happen that one or two dates are booked years in advance. Experts and wedding planners all suggest booking the reception hall and caterer well in advance, including a deposit and signing the contract to reserve the date. Modern receptions can be fun and stress-free as long as the bride and the reception hall/caterer can keep to the budget and the list of what is included is clearly known in advance.
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Fall in love with these fall wedding ideas Spring and summer may be the seasons that first come to mind when you begin planning a wedding, but autumn has a lot to offer brides too. From cooler, dryer weather and the glorious backdrop of fall colors to the opportunity to land a great deal on a reception venue, fall delivers many rewards for couples on the road to wedded bliss. “We’re seeing increased interest in fall weddings,” says Raymond Miller of My Wedding Reception Ideas. com, a leading online resource for brides seeking unique wedding favors and other items. “Brides love the natural colorfulness of the season and the weather tends to be more reliable
and comfortable for outdoor weddings. In fact, autumn may soon surpass spring as a preferred month to hold a wedding.” If you’re planning your nuptials for harvest season, Miller offers some advice for incorporating the best elements of the season in your big day.
Cash in on color Vibrant reds, dazzling oranges, glittering golds and bold browns - fall’s palate is a glorious profusion of colors unique to the season. Autumn brides should revel in the season’s colors, drawing the hues of fall into all aspects of their weddings, from bridesmaid
gowns to table linens, floral arrangements and fall wedding favors. “Fall colors offer many advantages when it comes to planning a wedding,” Miller says. For example, it’s easy to mix and match more than one fall color because they tend to naturally complement each other. For a spring wedding, it might be difficult to find just the right floral colors to enhance a particular shade of lavender bridesmaid gown. But pair bronze gowns with flowers that sport autumnal reds and golds, and you’ll have a sure win.
Favor the fall Brides looking for truly
unique wedding favors will find that the variety of fall wedding favors available makes it easy to put their personal stamp on their wedding. “Favors are an important part of any wedding,” Miller says. “After all, they’re the keepsakes that will hopefully remind your guests for years to come of how much they enjoyed your special day.” Whether they’re whimsical (pear-shaped scented soaps), practical (oak leaf keychains) or sophisticated (bronze metal fall leaf wine bottle stoppers), fall wedding favors are a great way to underscore a wedding’s autumnal theme. Choosing favors that allow for optimum person-
alization - like personalized candy apple boxes that you fill with a homemade version of the classic autumn treat - will also help guests remember your wedding with warmth and fondness. You can find ample fall wedding favor ideas at My Wedding Reception Ideas. com.
Accessorizing with autumn Don’t forget to continue your autumn theme throughout your wedding with fall themed wedding accessories. You can find leaf-motif unity candles, napkins and guest towels in fall colors, autumn-themed invitations
and save-the-date cards, cake serving sets with maple leaf details, and a host of other items that all play to a fall theme. Floral arrangements also offer a chance to convey an autumn theme and do something unique at the same time. Whether you opt for arrangements that feature fall flowers, like mums or gardenias, or out-of-season flowers that sport fall colors, you can accent arrangements with brightly hued leaves, branches, berries, cornstalks, hay and other natural or natureinspired touches that are special to the season. -Courtesy of ARA Content
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Getting to and from the church in style By Erik Sanzenbach St. Tammany News So now you have the flower arrangements in place, the church is set, the invitations have been sent out and a million other details have been settled, except for one thing — transportation for the wedding couple. Since it is such an important day, you don’t want to show up at the church in just any car. You want a beautiful luxurious limousine that can get you to the church on time, and whisk you away to the reception and honeymoon after the ceremony. There are lots of limo rental companies around, and according to Vic
“Check out the car physically. See the actual car that you will be riding in.” VIC PLANETTA Owner, VIP Worldwide
Planetta, owner of VIP Worldwide, a Slidell limo rental service and wedding planning center, like buying a new or used car, renting a limo can be tricky and he has a few tips on what to look for. “Check out the car physically,” Planetta said. “See the actual car that you will be riding in.” He added that just calling a company to rent a limo won’t do. They
might send you something that looks OK on the outside, but then breaks down on the wedding day. “I have heard nightmare stories of people getting into a limo that was dirty, that smelled bad and still had trash from the party the night before,” Planetta said. So go to the company itself and pick out the car you want. Then check the
tires. Make sure the interior is clean and does not smell. Turn on the air conditioning and make sure it works. Nothing could be worse than to get into a hot limo dressed in a wedding dress. After you picked the limo you want, sit down and read the contract. Planetta said some companies will tell you one rate and then charge you more. When you complain, they will point to the contract. So make sure you are getting what you pay for. Though everything may be planned out in a wedding, there are always snags that could cause you to use the limo longer than expected. Make sure that you know what you will be charged if you need the limo longer than
contracted for, so you won’t get hit with a giant bill. Planetta said to also check out the space inside of the limo. Remember, the bride is wearing a complex wedding dress with veil and train, and she should have enough room to get in, sit down and get out without getting tangled. Make sure she can get in and out of the car gracefully and without a lot of twisting and turning. Also, it’s a good idea to check out the mileage on the car. If it has a lot of mileage, it might be a good idea to look at another limo, so that you know all the bells and whistles are working. Planetta said his company has a large selection of
limos for every occasion, including sporting events. He also plans weddings and other functions, and there is an in-house flower shop so that the bride can pick her flowers and limo at the same time. But he said the biggest thing any couple should look for is the wear and tear on the limo, especially on the inside. Remember, these vehicles are used not only for weddings, but for parties, sporting events and other activities, so they do take a lot of abuse. If you take your time with choosing the limo, a couple should be able to get to the church, and then the reception in style and comfort.
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“You never know what looks good on your body.” BRANDI BENSON Ladies and Gents
There are a variety of styles to chose from Try on different kinds before picking a dress, tuxedo By Suzanne Le Breton St. Tammany News The average bride spends $1,000 to $1,200 on her wedding dress. Most will only wear it for a couple of hours, but the events of those couple of hours and details of that dress will live on in their memories for the rest of their lives. Brandi Benson, office manager for Ladies and Gents in Slidell, said the sweetheart necklines are still very popular with
brides as well as the long trains and corseted backs. However, she said there are a variety of styles available, and she recommends trying on different styles to see what fits your body shape the best. Benson said often times a bride will come in with a particular dress in mind and they just want to get fitted for that dress. She said she always tried to encourage them to try on more dresses so they can see how other styles fit them before they go with that one dress. “You never know what looks good on your body,” she said. She also said while older brides tend to stick to the traditional white, many younger brides are opting for ivory-colored dresses. She said another new trend that was brought back from the recent markets are dressed with tiered bottoms made of chiffon. Something that became popular a couple of years ago and has remained a favorite with brides is ruching, which is a bunching and gathering of fabric on the skirt. This makes the skirt look fuller and adds some depth to the dress. For the men, the traditional black tux is still the look of choice. Benson said very few men opt for white tuxes these days and no one gets tails any more. Men either get one, two or three button black tuxes. And the groom wears a tie and vest to match the bride’s dress – either white or ivory, where the groom’s
men wear ties and vest to match the bridesmaids. When it comes to bridesmaids, Benson said the look varies from bride to bride, with some opting for short dresses and others requesting their attendants wear long dresses. She said it is not uncommon for bridesmaids to wear long dresses in the summer or short dresses in the winter, as it is all up to the look the bride wants to achieve. However, the color of the dresses often reflects the season, with lighter colors being chosen for the spring and summer and darker colors for the fall and winter. And after the wedding, to
keep that dress looking nice in case a daughter or niece wants to wear it in the future, most cleaners offer an heirloom service. Norma Chelette with Cleaners in Hebert’s Covington said this is important if you don’t want your dress to age and turn yellow. The cleaner first spot cleans the dress and then wraps it in acid-free tissue and vacuum seals. After that the bride should keep it in a cool dry place. When it is ready to be worn again or brought out to be sold, it will likely still need to be cleaned and steamed to freshen it, but it will still be white and stainfree.
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Don’t be afraid to get creative when planning your cake By Suzanne Le Breton St. Tammany News When planning your wedding cake – let your imagination run wild. The days of the three tired, round white cake with small flowers is out of the window. Marguerite Riehm, owner of Marguerite’s Cakes in Slidell, said these days brides-to-be are waiting more colors and more shapes when the order the cake for their big day. She said the cake, which is usually the main centerpiece at the wedding, aside from the happy couple, should reflect the theme of the wedding and the personalities of the couple getting married. She said younger couples are ordering different style cakes and less traditional cakes, but older couples often stick with the traditional white tiered wedding cake. She said most brides like their cake iced with decorations and accents made out of fondant, and fewer brides are going for cakes that are fully covered in fondant. She said most bakers will work with the couple to personalize their cake. The shape and color of the cake can even vary between tiers. In addition to the color icing, the shape of the cake, the number and arrangement of tiers and fondant accents, another way to personalize a cake is to choose a flavor cake other than the traditional almond wedding cake. However, Riehm said, keep in mind that the kind of cake you like may not be the kind of cake most people like, and ultimately the
Younger couples are ordering more different style cakes and less traditional cakes, but older couples often stick with the traditional white tiered wedding cake. MARGUERITE RIEHM Marguerite’s Cakes
cake is for your guests and not for you to eat. She said this also needs to be kept in mind when planning a groom’s cake. She said many brides when ordering their groom’s cake want to get their groom’s favorite fla-
vor, and she tries to talk them out of it. She usually suggests a chocolate fudge cake because most people like chocolate cake plus it gives a second option to the white cake that is usually provided as the bride’s
cake. When thinking about a groom’s cake design consider the groom’s hobbies or favorite sports teams and talk it over with your baker to come up with a design that will represent him in the best way possible.
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The traditional flower of love and brides—roses By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News Roses. Red, yellow, white, pink, all roses are beautiful and still the choice of brides everywhere, at least for their bouquets.
Flowers pay an important part in a traditional wedding. The number and choice of flowers depends on many factors, including the time of year, the bride’s budget and the focus of the wedding in general. Darlene Marcantel of
Flower and Fancies said that no two weddings, or brides, are alike. Depending on the size of the wedding, reserving a florist should be a priority. Marcantel said at least a month is needed, but if it is a big wedding, more time may be needed. The first flowers the bride usually thinks of is her bouquet. Then comes the bouquets of the bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom, ushers and the mothers of the bride and groom. Many brides offer an arrangement at the church to leave for the weekend services. Others have topiaries on the aisle that need to be transported to the reception. Depending on the type of reception, a centerpiece or flower arrangement may be needed for tables. Other
arrangements can add to the ambiance of the event throughout the facility. Flowers can be symbolic as well and send a message. The rose was popularized in the Victorian era. This is also where the tossing of the bouquet originated, with the bride throwing her bouquet to a friend upon leaving the festivities to keep the friend safe, ward off evil spirits and offer her luck. Now it is done to signify the next one to be married. A tossing bouquet is popular for the ritual, with the bride keeping her original one as a keepsake and having a less elaborate bouquet for tossing. Does the bouquet tossing work? Ask a hundred people and you will get a hundred answers. Also in the bouquet, many brides have greenery and baby’s breath. The symbolism of baby’s breath include innocence, although many brides select it simply as a filler for the bouquet. Some brides choose daisies, a gesture of sharing your feelings. Orchids can mean love and beauty. Roses, of course, mean love, joy and beauty and are the most popular wedding flower. Yellow roses, however, can signify jealousy. The veil in a wedding is usually anchored by a small cap decorated with pearls or flowers, or both. Some brides choose to wear flowers to anchor the veil, or sometimes no veil at all, simply flowers in their hair. Whatever your choice or family custom, florists today are prepared to meet the bride’s need and wishes. It really is the bride’s choice.
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With this ring… What to think about when buying your rings By Suzanne Le Breton St. Tammany News An engagement ring and how it is presented to a bride to be is something she will not forget, so Debbie Callens, sales association at Champagne Jewelers in Slidell, said it is not a decision to take lightly. “It is the most special time in a young woman’s life. Her engagement ring and how he gives it to her is something she will tell her grandchildren about.” Callens said a woman’s engagement ring is something she will keep with her for the rest of her life and will likely pass it on to future generations. With that in mind she said, grooms-to-be should look to buy the best quality they can reasonably afford. At Champagne Jewelers, she said, that quality is found in the Tacori line, which she said is the number one bridal line in the nation. Each piece is made individually to the bride’s specifications. “They are really beautiful,” Callens said. Brett Lowe said that in the past men were expect-
ed to spend three months’ salary on engagement ring, but that custom no longer holds true. In today’s economy men are spending less on rings. He said it is ultimately the size of the center stone that dictates the cost. Both Callens and Lowe said fewer couples are buying three-piece wedding sets as many men have found they do not like wearing the more ornate rings that match their wives’ rings.
Lowe said many women look for engagement ring and wedding band sets that go together in design and fit snuggly together. The women are also getting rings that have one center stone with smaller stones circling around it. Callens said at Champagne’s ladies are opting for the princess cut diamonds, which are square in shape and offer the brilliance of the round stones. Both said their top seller
is still white gold, but Lowe said yellow gold is starting to make a come back. They said most men are opting for plain, traditional bands, and, like women, most men prefer the white gold or at least the silver color of white gold. Callens said when a man comes to buy a wedding ring or when his fiancée comes to buy it for him, one thing needs to be taken in to consideration. If you have a man who works outdoors with his hands or in a shop, Callens said, you want to make sure he has a ring that he can wear to work and not one that ends up in a jewelry box gathering dust. She recommends blue color workers consider getting a ring made out of a base metal and not a precious metal, meaning they should look into rings made out of titanium, tungsten or cobalt steel. And with all rings, for men and women, Callens said, shoppers should consider buying comfort bands, which will not cut into their fingers. But, as Lowe said, ultimately, when you are shopping for wedding and
engagement rings, the one thing you have to keep in
mind is “it’s your ring. Get what you want.”
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Something old, something new for everyone By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” is a popular rhyme about wedding dating from the Victorian era. The something old, does not refer to the groom, but the bond to the bride’s family and her old life. Something new, refers to the couple’s new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success. Something borrowed should be from a happily married woman, meant to impart similar happiness to the bride. Something blue represents fidelity and consistency.
Until the Victorian era, women would wear their best gown, not a particular wedding dress. The white dress was meant to symbolize purity and virginity as well as to ward off evil spirits. The throwing rice is not as prevalent as it used to be, because many churches and reception halls frown upon it for safety reasons. The rice was used to symbolize life-giving seeds and fertility. As an alternative, many weddings now feature blowing bubbles, birdseed, releasing doves or other birds, rose petals or ringing miniature bells. Boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party symbolize the wearing of the lady’s colors from
medieval times. The wedding ring is placed on the third finger of the bride’s left hand because traditionally, it was thought to be a direct vein to the heart. Other traditions including the first kiss, the bride and groom sharing their souls at the altar and sealing their agreement to join in a life-long commitment to each other. When the wedding cake is cut, the bride and groom share the first piece to symbolize fertility and a fruitful union. Many couples want to write their own vows. These vows should be approved beforehand by the person officiating at the ceremony to make certain
Another great tradition is pulling the ribbon in the cake. This New Orleans tradition involves the unmarried women gathering around the cake before it is cut and “”pulling” a white ribbon. At the end of the ribbon is a silver charm, each with a certain meaning.
legal and religious criteria has been met. In many ceremonies, a unity candle is lit, symbolizing the joining of two families—the bride’s and
groom’s, into one family. Many times in a Catholic ceremony, a tribute is paid to the Blessed Mother, usually placing a rose at her feet.
Another great tradition is pulling the ribbon in the cake. This New Orleans tradition involves the unmarried women gathering around the cake before it is cut and “pulling” a white ribbon. At the end of the ribbon is a silver charm, each with a certain meaning. Of course, the ribbon with the wedding ring signifies the next to be married. The one pulling the silver thimble will never marry. Other charms and their meaning include the heart, true love; horseshoe or clover is good luck; fleurde-lis means love will bloom; anchor is hope, dime means wealth; and the penny signifies poverty.
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